2021 Essence Black Females In Hollywood Awards Honorees

Earlier generated as an invitation-only luncheon, the 14th yearly Essence Black Gals in Hollywood Awards…

Earlier generated as an invitation-only luncheon, the 14th yearly Essence Black Gals in Hollywood Awards will be a digital practical experience this 12 months, open to the general public for the first time.

Actress and producer Laverne Cox, a 2015 Essence Black Ladies in Hollywood honoree, will host the event. The occasion concept, “Mastering Our Tales,” will concentration on the resiliency of Black women of all ages in Hollywood by way of the yrs — together with in the course of the pandemic.

Essence has shown our dedication to highlighting the electrical power and resiliency of Black females for 50 a long time, and component of that has involved building prospects to uplift and recognize each and every other when no just one else would,” Latraviette D. Smith-Wilson, Essence main method and engagement officer, mentioned in a assertion.

“In a world the place, lastly, the demands and contributions of Black women are significantly — although not always sustainably – currently being acknowledged in new methods, Essence’s platforms, these types of as Black Women in Hollywood, remain unparalleled cultural boards that uniquely convene us in celebration and encouragement of every other and in recognition of the perseverance, fortitude, grace and innovation that have been needed on our journeys. Essence is extremely proud to rejoice all our Black Women in Hollywood honorees for their enormous expertise and achievements, as very well as for staying a voice for Black women everywhere you go in techniques that may well not often be evident and in rooms where we may not usually be present. We see you. We listen to you. We honor you.”

Given that 2008, the Oscar-7 days event has honored 65 Black actresses, administrators, producers, writers, costume designers and extra who are at the forefront of the film, tv and resourceful industries.

The Essence Oscar week actions will culminate on April 23 with the next annual Essence Home: Hollywood Edition, hosted by actress Storm Reid. The digital celebration will element conversations with some of Hollywood’s best gamers from both equally in entrance of and behind the digicam.

“Every yr, we get started our planning for Essence Black Women of all ages in Hollywood with one critical issue: What stories amplified Black women’s encounters?” claimed Cori Murray, Essence deputy editor and co-producer of Black Women in Hollywood given that its inception. “This year’s honorees and their individual initiatives have aided reframe and extend the narrative of Black women’s pleasure, pain, troubles and triumphs on display that have allowed so lots of of us to see items of our personal lives inside. With the extra layer of the pandemic, these master storytellers have retained us sane and more importantly, noticed.”

Essence, a monthly lifestyle journal masking fashion, attractiveness, leisure, and culture, was initially published in 1970.

The 2021 Black Ladies in Hollywood Awards celebration will stream on April 22 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. ET on essencestudios.com and essence.com.